|Funding Agency||Department of Defense|
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, under authority of 10 U.S.C. ¤ 2362 and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OASD(R&E)), allocated $28 million to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) with equipment and instrumentation enhancements to improve their research and education capabilities in scientific disciplines important to the defense mission. The program aims enhance the capacity of HBCU/MI to participate broadly in defense research programs and activities and to increase the number of graduates, including underrepresented minorities, in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This proposal seeks support for the acquisition of equipment necessary to conduct hydrogen storage research and to enhance the science and engineering curricula at University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). The equipment requested will allow for metal hydride NMR research capabilities at UIW. These new capabilities will result in the introduction of new teaching methods in both physics and chemistry courses and will provide opportunities for students to conduct physics research under faculty supervision beginning early in their academic career. Incorporating metal hydride experiments into existing physics and chemistry laboratory curriculum will ensure widespread student exposure to independent research. This model will allow for meaningful content and participant experiences that will encourage students to continue on to a STEM career.